Wansfell Pike via Jenkin Crag and Troutbeck.

Start. Ambleside.

Route. Ambleside - Skelghyll Wood - Jenkin Crag - High Skelghyll farm - Robin Lane - Troutbeck - Nanny Lane - Wansfell Pike - Stockghyll - Ambleside.

Notes. I'd intended to venture a lot further and a lot higher today, unfortunatly when I got up this morning it was pouring with rain, I hung around the house until late morning before deciding the worst of the weather had passed. With most of the day wasted it would have to be not so far, not so high, at least I'd be out on the hill, but which hill? Wansfell Pike above Ambleside a classic fell walk with classic views to match. This small hill all 1,588ft of her introduces many people to the fells, a changer of lives once climbed never forgotten. I'll not be on my own, many boots wander these slopes, most attempting the round clockwise ascending Wansfell's steep northern slopes first, I would make my ascent from Troutbeck after a traverse through Skelghyll Wood and a visit to Jenkin Crag.

I left the car park heading south behind the hotels and guest houses in Old Lake Road, at the first junction (left) a finger-post gave directions to Troutback and Jenkin Crag, this was my route onto the hill. Ascending Skelghyll Lane the dry stone walls guided me upwards high above Waterhead before I stepped into Skelghyll Wood, a short diversion saw me standing on Jenkin Crag soaking up the views over Windermere and the western Lake District. After re-tracing my steps back to the main path I continued my ascent, passing High Skelgyll farm before field paths lead to Robin Lane, followed by a steep descent between dry stone walls to Troutbeck.

Striding out through Troutbeck village on what was once the coach road over Kirkstone Pass, I passed a number of water troughs bearing the names of various saints before reaching Lanefoot Farm, the lane refers to Nanny Lane accessed between the farm buildings. The path was way-marked, Wansfell Pike and Ambleside, this was my route ascending again between dry stone walls until a finger post directed me through fields on the final pull to the summit. Down hill from here, with Ambleside tantalizingly close and rain blowing in from the north I was glad the descent was steep, it got me off the hill quickly, I even found time to visit Stockghyll Force before descending into Ambleside.

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Seen from Skrlgyll Lane the wooded slopes of Black Crag over the head of Windermere.

As viewed from Skelghyll Lane grey on the horizon the Crinkle Crags.

The path through Skelghyll Wood.

Soaking up the views from Jenkin Crag, in the far distance the Langdale Pikes, Bow Fell and the Crinkle Crags.

Views from Jenkin Crag over the south western Lake District.

As I stepped from the woods I was gifted with stunning views south down Windermere Lake.

Descending the lane leading from High Skelghyll with stunning views to Gummer's How rising above Lake Windermere.

St John's Well one of several drinking troughs found on the lane through Troutbeck, built to provide water for the horses before the long climb over Kirkstone Pass.

From between the dry stone walls of Nanny Lane views to the high skyline of Ill Bell and Yoke.

On the fine climb to the summit of Wansfell Pike viewing the silver waters of Windermere.

The prospect east with Sour Howes rising to the left.

Wonderful views down the length of Windermere Lake with the sylvan slopes of Claife Heights rising from the western shore, on the horizon Gummer's How and the sands of Morecambe Bay.

View taken along the Wansfell ridge with Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick across the skyline.

Kirkstone Pass between Red Screes and Coudale Moor.

Looking over Ambleside with the summit cone of Wansfell Pike rising on the left.

The steep northern slopes of Wansfell Pike provide a fine view point, in the far distance the ridges from Nab Scar lead over Heron Pike and Great Rigg to the dark mass of Fairfield, in the middle distance High and Low Pikes, in the foreground we have the greener lusher ridge leading over Snarker Pike to Red Screes.

A glimpse of Kirkstone Pass Inn backed by Coudale Moor with the rock and scree of Red Screes to the left.

Descending the final few feet to Stockghyll Lane looking over Loughrigg Fell to Great Carrs behind mighty Wetherlam, with the Wrynose Pass in the centre, the slopes of Pike of Blisco rise to the right of the pass.

Stockghyll Force above Ambleside.

The weir in Stockghyll, can you remember what this was like when I wandered Above Ambleside. on the 23rd day of April this year.

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